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Wash, squash and recycle

Posted on 12 May 2015

Residents across West Sussex are being reminded to wash and squash before they recycle.

The call comes as recent changes to recycling collections across West Sussex mean that residents can put even more items in their home recycling bins.

Plastics including yoghurt pots, ice cream tubs and fruit and vegetable trays can now go into the recycling bin along with plastic bottles. It is estimated that an additional 4,000 tonnes of plastic will be recycled in the county each year as a result of the changes.

But more recycling means more items to fit in the bin.

David Barling, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services, said: “We’re really grateful to residents for embracing these changes and helping us to recycle even more plastic in West Sussex.

“Recycling more does mean that our recycling bins fill up more quickly, so it’s more important than ever before to wash and squash. It’s quick and easy to do – after you’ve given your items a quick rinse out simply squash them, either with your hands or under your foot, so that they take up less space.

“And don’t forget, it’s not just plastic pots, tubs and trays that can be squashed to make the best use of space. Drinks cans, plastic bottles, boxes and cartons can all be squashed to reduce the amount of space they take up, leaving even more room to recycle at home.”

If after washing and squashing your bin is still full, you can take excess recyclables to any one of the 11 household waste and recycling sites across the county.

Visit for a full list of materials that can be recycled in West Sussex, and to find your nearest household waste recycling site.